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The oldest surviving athletic club in the United States is founded in San Francisco

San Francisco, California, circa 1860, from the south west
05/06/1860
Boasting status as the oldest athletic club in the United States, the Olympic Club was founded in San Francisco, California at a meeting held in the Lafayette Hook and Ladder Firehouse.  Twenty-three young men made up the original membership, with T.W. Bell as president, and E. Bonnell as secretary.  The Olympic Club came to dominate sports in the Bay Area for decades and is still in energetic existence.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Elite Directory for San Francisco and Oakland (San Francisco, CA: The Argonaut Publishing Company, 1879), 199. 

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